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Posted By Leonardo Martinez

 Nov 08, 2013

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What is Digital Image Correlation (DIC) and How Can It Help Me?

Digital Image Correlation (DIC) is an analytical technique that compares images of a specimen’s surface during testing to generate full-field strain maps. This technology gives you more information than a traditional point-to-point extensometer or a strain gauge and allows you to see the complete story of the material’s behavior beyond the stress strain curve.

Posted By Leonardo Martinez

 Oct 17, 2013

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Carbon Fiber Hits the Road

By 2016, the US car industry will need to average 34.5 mpg and by 2025, cars will need to average 54.5 mpg. In order to meet these new requirements, manufacturers will have to implement a number of changes including new engines, technologies, and materials. Lightweight materials are one of the most important avenues to pursue because for every 10% reduction in weight, fuel efficiency is increased by 6–7%.

Posted By Leonardo Martinez

 Jul 16, 2013

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Equipment Considerations for a Well-aligned Test

When testing stiff or brittle materials, such as composites, alignment is crucial—even instances of slight misalignment can throw off test results.